M.A. Online: Faculty

Andy Bechtel

MEJO 711: Writing for Digital Media

Professor Bechtel teaches editing for print and digital media. He's interested in headline writing, social media and alternative story forms.



Deb Aikat

MEJO 715: New Media and Society

Dr. Aikat theorizes about the evolving roles of media and journalism in the digital age.



Mark Briggs

MEJO 719: Leadership in Digital Media Economics

An author, entrepreneur and executive, Professor Briggs focuses on digital strategy, business development, workplace transformation, audience and revenue building, teaching and collaboration.



Joseph Cabosky

MEJO 713: Digital Data and Analytics

Dr. Cabosky's research and creative work focuses on diversifying public relations by better appreciating the differences among publics and how this diversity should lead to better ways to build relationships with publics and stakeholders.



Josh Carlton

MEJO 720: Strategic Communication

Professor Carlton is fascinated by the intersection of decision-making, cognitive thinking and tech. He has solved digital and brand marketing problems for more than 60 companies in nearly every industry, across more than 20 categories.



Nori Comello

MEJO 716: Research Methods and Applications

Dr. Comello's research focuses on developing and testing messages to promote health and other prosocial issues, guided by theories relating to identity and self-concept.



Tori Ekstrand

MEJO 718: Media Law for the Digital Age

Dr. Ekstrand uses critical and mixed methods approaches to studying media law and policy – with specific research on conflicts between copyright law and the First Amendment and on web accessibility for people with disabilities.



Rhonda Gibson

Program Director

Dr. Gibson's most recent research focuses on media portrayals of sexual minorities and the influence of these portrayals on both individual perceptions and public conversations.



Laura Ruel

MEJO 721: Usability and Multimedia Design

Professor Ruel teaches design, user experience and interactive media for the school’s visual communication sequences.



Elizabeth Shell

MEJO 717: Information Visualization

Professor Shell is a journalist and designer of visual storytelling for multiple platforms. She focuses on how to get those stories in front of new audiences and to those who need them.